3 VIN Scanner Benefits That You Need to Know 2020-01-14T11:10:43+00:00

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3 VIN Scanner Benefits That You Need to Know

Every mass produced vehicle includes a VIN or vehicle identification number located somewhere on its body. This number contains key information about the manufacturer model of the car. VINs are used for insurance claims, ordering spare parts and a wide range of other transportation and automotive processes.

Until recently, finding and recording your VIN meant transcribing the number with pen and paper or typing it up on a mobile device or computer. Thanks to advances in computer vision, you can now integrate Anyline in your software to create a VIN Scanner app instead.

You can use a mobile VIN scanner to record the vehicle identification number on any car, truck or motorbike. This means you can digitize even more touch points in your transportation and automotive processes. With a more complete picture of how your business works, you’ll be able to make better decisions about optimizing and improving your workflows.

But adding a VIN scanner to your mobile app has even more advantages than that. Check out the 3 major benefits of VIN scanning with Anyline below. And if you want to completely digitize your transportation and automotive processes, find out more here.

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1. VIN Scanning is Fast and Accurate

Instant Mobile VIN Scanning

Anyline’s mobile text recognition technology can scan VINs in an instant. It’s been tested against the manual data entry of humans and was found to be 20 times faster than people at recording 6 digit data values. A VIN is normally 17 characters long so Anyline should give you an even faster comparative scan time when integrated as a VIN scanner.

Anyline also scans license plates

This speed advantage can lead to huge time savings when comparing manual VIN recording with a mobile VIN Scanner app over a large number of vehicles. This net time increase can be used to improve other areas of your employee workflow. It also reduces the resources needed to process VINs. You can say goodbye to paper documentation in your vehicle identification processes as soon as you start scanning.

Accurate Mobile VIN Scanning

In addition to being fast, VIN scanning with Anyline is highly accurate. In laboratory tests, Anyline’s mobile OCR technology was found to have a +99% scan accuracy. This translates to near-perfect scan results in real world scenarios. This scan accuracy also makes it more reliable than even the most well-trained and professional technician. It never gets tired, distracted or stressed and best of all, there are never any typing mistakes when using Anyline.

Typing mistakes creep into any data set when manual data entry is involved in your data collection processes. Anyline removes this step completely and substitutes it’s highly accurate scan results instead. These scan results are also accompanied by an image of the scan target for verification at a later point.

Improve Your Data Quality

The accuracy of Anyline means that the quality of your data sets will improve when removing manual data entry and paper documentation from your processes. Better data is crucial for modern businesses. A number of reports over the last few years have documented the issues with bad data.

One study suggests that poor data quality cost brands up to 6% of their revenue in 2015. In 2016, a different study claimed that bad data was costing the US economy €3 trillion. In addition, a 2017 study suggests that 84% of CEOs are doubtful of the data quality they receive and base decisions on.

With a Mobile VIN scanner, you can rest assured that you’re getting the highest data quality with an improved workflow. Your workforce will also see the benefits as you save them time and resources.

2. VIN Scanning is Safe and Secure

Vehicle identification numbers are unique and meaningful codes. For this reason, it’s important to keep records of VINs confidential and store them in a responsible manner. If you need safety and security in your processes, Anyline’s VIN scanning tool is the right choice for you.

Anyline keeps all scan data safe until you’re ready to securely upload it to your backend. It achieves this by processing all scan information on your device, without sending any data to the cloud for processing. This level of security means that you don’t need to worry about VIN data being accessed before you get your scan results.

This offline scanning capability also means you can perform scans whenever you like. This added layer of agility lets you take full advantage of Anyline’s edge computing power to operate on a mobile basis. Your technicians never need to look for an internet connection to perform a scan. This makes Anyline the perfect tool for VIN scanning as you can scan codes in your garage, on the side of the highway or anywhere else for that matter.

3. VIN Scanning is Easy to Do

One of the most convenient aspects of mobile VIN scanning is how easy it is to pick up and use the first time you try it.

Mobile VIN scanning is simple to perform. Once you’ve located your VIN, you can activate Anyline to get started. Anyline gives you a camera view that features a cut-out area to scan your vehicle identification number. You just need to line up the VIN in the cut-out area and Anyline will automatically scan it. It’s simpler than taking a photo.

Alongside the cutout, Anyline will also provide you with haptic feedback to make sure you’re able to successfully complete your scans. This feedback lets you know if the camera is shaking, or if you need more light. This helps to make scanning intuitive and improves the accuracy of results.

Modern devices built for scanning text and codes often require specific training. This can be intimidating to members of the workforce that don’t have confidence with dedicated devices. Anyline works on almost all smartphones and has the feel of a mobile app. This means there’s a much softer learning curve for your workforce to overcome.

More importantly, this ease of scanning means that you don’t need to waste time and resources training your workforce to use Anyline in your processes. Just install it on your devices and start scanning!


The successful introduction of mobile scanning at Porsche Leipzig is one of the best adaptations of mobile OCR to date. The innovative approach they used to bring augmented reality features to life in their exhibition shows the versatility of Anyline and the scope of use cases it can tackle in the transportation and automotive industry.

Porsche Leipzig is a facility with a primary focus on the production of Cayenne, Panamera and Macan cars. It’s also home to the Porsche Customer Centre. This centre provides an intimate customer experience that brings customers closer to Porsche cars and the brand as a whole.

They wanted to improve this experience with augmented reality so customers could learn even more about their favorite cars and how they were designed. Anyline helped them to achieve this by letting visitors scan license plates in order to access this augmented reality experience.

Visitors can download an app on their phone and scan a license plate the same way as a parking control officer or car rental agent. Once they scan their target license plate, all the critical information about the car their examining is displayed to them on their own mobile device.

This is a great example of how license plate scanning can be linked with other processes to create a fun and interactive experience for customers.


You can add VIN scanning to your app with Anyline. We’ve developed a module within our SDK for this exact purpose. This makes it simple for your development team to integrate it with your existing app or build a new app around it. If you’d like to demo our VIN scanner technology, please get in touch at [email protected]

Anyline is a Gartner Cool Vendor

Gartner, the world wide research institute famous for creating the hype cycle model to predict the maturity of emerging technologies, named Anyline as a Cool Vendor for supply chain execution in 2018.

Gartner Cool Vendors exist across all major areas of technology innovation. Those that stand out, do so because they offer some disruptive capability or opportunity. Anyline has been listed as a Cool Vendor because of their mobile OCR technology. This technology is backed by artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide the most accurate scan possible.

“This is a huge success for us. Gartner are one of the best known research institutes in the tech industry. Their work on the “Magic Quadrant” and the “Hype Cycle” have helped to guide companies for years. Growing enterprises around the world rely on the analysis and reports they provide to choose only the best service providers. To be recognized by them is to receive the gold standard of approval within our field.”

– Anyline CEO, Lukas Kinigadner.

Anyline was recognized by Gartner because our technology supports the digitization of all kinds of data. By removing typing and manual data entry from everyday processes, you can save time, money and resources while also improving your data quality.

Test Your Use Case with the Anyline OCR Scanner App

You can test Anyline’s mobile scanning technology for yourself with our demo App. The Anyline OCR Scanner is a free app available on the App Store and Google Play that will help you to assess your scanning use cases. It includes more than 10 scanning solutions, works offline and has a +99% scan accuracy!


Check it out now and discover the potential to streamline your processes and services with your smartphone!

Try it for Yourself – Start Your Free Anyline Demo Now

Anyline’s mobile scanning technology is available to integrate with your mobile app as a cross-platform SDK. Test out our fully supported solutions on Android, iOS and Windows devices today. Download our SDK and begin your 30-day free trial to see how mobile scanning can revolutionize your services and processes!

The SDK demo includes access to all of the following solutions:

Don’t see a solution for your scanning use case? Get in touch now to discuss your solution!

Add Mobile VIN Scanning to your App Today!

Save time and money with mobile VIN scanning from Anyline. You can improve your customer experience, enhance security and upgrade data capture quality all at the same time. Our technology uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide you with a fast and accurate scanning solution.

You can download our free SDK and begin your 30-day trial today. Integrate it with your own app and test your VIN scanning use case.

For more information and details on how to add mobile IBAN scanning to your app on a permanent basis, get in touch with us. We’re happy to help!

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